November 3, 2009

Four Years Ago

It is hard to believe that four years ago today I got into my car and drove to a small town near Cincinnati. I met a complete stranger, got into her car and drove to another stranger’s house. We then drove to Detroit, Michigan to meet a third stranger.

I often think back to that Friday night in November and wonder, “What were you thinking??” Then I think about all that has transpired over the last four years, and I am so glad that I took that leap of faith four years ago.

One distinct memory I have of that weekend was standing in the hotel room talking about the adoption timeline. It makes me chuckle now to think how hopeful, and yet naive we all were oh so long ago.

Each year I think about the trip. An adventure that started out on a cold, dark November night, but ended with such fun, laughter, and four strangers who became friends. Little did I know at the time, but this little journey would lead to meeting several other wonderful women. It’s amazing!

Here we are four years later. One mama is home with her little one. One mama is in China right at this moment getting to know her little one, and two of us are still hopeful ~ just not as naïve, I hope. With a bit of luck by the five-year anniversary all four of us will be home with our little ones.

Such a GREAT beginning!!!


  1. Can you believe it? Four years ago!!!

    So glad you took that leap...even though I turned out my lights on you ;0)

    Mucho amor, friend.

  2. I remember that! Hard to imagine that so much time has passed yet it would not be as good a time w/o you.

    Keep smilin!

  3. Who ever thought that having a blog would create such friendships?!?!?

  4. Wow, four years ago. Such great friends that you've made along the way.

  5. Wonderful friendships. Here's to that 5 year anniversary wish coming true!

  6. What a beautiful story. Makes me want to go out of my comfort zone and try something.

    Have you caught your little "Mickey"?

  7. I think of that time often, too. How different we all were in our hopes and expectations of this adoption journey. Can you believe we all actually thought we'd go to China within a few months of each other way back then? Ha ha ha on us, I guess. But we're getting there... :)

  8. if we say nothing else of this long journey, we will always cherish and rave about the bonds we built along the way :O)

    glad you have such great memories of these years waiting. here's to the home stretch though. i'm just ready to see the little polar bear. i know you are too!!

  9. Brings tears to my eyes, coz I remember that! Oh how differently we thought four years ago?!!!

    You are often in my thoughts. Yes, you ARE on the home stretch! And YES! We are ALL ready to see Polar Cub!!!! :) (and little Mia!) From experience I can say - Polar Cub will be the most perfect child, and you'll never get over how on earth CC>AA can match her to you.

  10. Wow!!! So thankful we each took that leap of faith and a friendship was born!! Miss you sweetie! xo